ABOUT THE STUDIO

Karen

Karen, the owner and director of this private studio, has been teaching sport & various forms of fitness and yoga in this area for the last 25 years.
Trained originally as a PE teacher, specialising in gymnastics & dance; her natural love of movement has always been present. As many ex-gymnasts, Karen has spinal injuries and yoga has helped aid her own recovery and given her an insight and understanding of back injuries.

The Studio opened in 2008 when Karen left her career in a local Secondary School to pursue her passion for teaching Yoga. Karen has a pragmatic approach to yoga but does not dictate ethical standards that students must follow, therefore classes are suitable whatever your personal beliefs. Her style is dynamic, inspirational and very grounded and her vast knowledge, experience and energy shine through her teaching, motivating students in their practice. As a testament to this, many of Karen's students have been so inspired that they have gone on to become yoga teachers too !

What to Expect from a class with Karen.....
Classes are open level and a fusion of Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga. As they are 1 hour 20 minutes long, they start with a centering practice and finish with relaxation & meditation. Pranayama, ( breath work) is an integral part of each class. Yoga’s ethos of honouring the body ‘working to the edge of your comfort zone.’ is always emphasised.

Expect to be physically challenged with the Asana practice and inspired by the Spiritual teachings of this ancient discipline which Karen teaches with clear instructions, wisdom & a sprinkling of much needed humour .

The Studio has implemented necessary changes to limit the risk of COVID-19 ... NHS QR code for Track & Trace; reduced numbers with Social Distancing; increased hygiene; no shared equipment or use of the changing area & kitchen but the toilet remains available.

Qualifications

  • YOGA ALLIANCE Senior Yoga teacher.
  • Friends of Yoga (FRYOG) International Diploma
  • B.ED. Degree (Phys. Ed.) University of Sussex
  • Yoga*d Up "Children's Yoga qualification 2005
  • (BAWLA – Free Weights Instructor; BTF Trampoline coach; LTA Tennis coach; ASA Swimming teacher; Aquarobics teacher; fluent French & Greek speaker.)

Karen is supported by two other FRYOG teachers, Alison Dolley & Natalie Penniall, and BWY teacher Lorraine Thornton ,who run weekly classes at the Studio. These awesome, very experienced teachers have taught at the studio for the last 10 years, adding their unique styles and expertise to the Studios timetable.

Karen,Natalie ,Alison